Golden State Warriors guard D'Angelo Russell will be sidelined for at least two weeks with a sprained right thumb.

The Warriors confirmed the thumb sprain on Saturday following an MRI, with Russell to be re-evaluated in a fortnight.

Russell hurt his thumb in the third quarter of Friday's 105-100 NBA loss to the in-form Boston Celtics.

It is another blow for the Warriors, who have been ravaged by injuries during their woeful 2-11 start to the season.

Stephen Curry broke his hand in October, while fellow All-Star Klay Thompson is recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament sustained during last season's NBA Finals.

The Warriors acquired Russell from the Brooklyn Nets in a sign-and-trade after Kevin Durant's departure in free agency.

Kemba Walker has claimed his will to win is the reason for his streak of tallying up crucial points in fourth quarters this season.

Walker came back on from the bench to score a sublime three-pointer as the Boston Celtics made it 10 successive wins in NBA with a 105-100 win over the Golden State Warriors.

The three-time All Star netted 20 points in total on Friday, with five rebounds and five assists, while he has a 49.1 per cent shot accuracy in fourth quarters and 53.6 per cent of his three-pointers have come in the final stage of games.

"I just want to win so bad, I just will those shots in a lot of the time," Walker told reporters when asked about his fourth-quarter form.

"I just want to win and when it's winning time, my competitive nature just increases in those kinds of situations.

"I make 500 [three-pointers] the night before the game. I trust in my work. That's it. And the reason I do that is because if I am having an off night, I know it's an off night, I know it's not because I'm not working.

"My first halves haven't really been too great. I just try my best to just stay positive, and just continue to shoot.

"Fourth quarter, it's just winning time."

The Celtics lead the way in the Eastern Conference with a 10-1 record this season.

Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James is "probably the best athlete to ever walk this planet" according to Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr.

Kerr watched James lead the Lakers past the struggling Warriors 120-94 on Wednesday after the four-time NBA MVP posted 23 points and 12 assists.

A three-time NBA champion and Finals MVP, James has enjoyed a stunning start to the season with the Lakers, having struggled in his maiden Los Angeles campaign.

Kerr – who won three titles playing alongside Michael Jordan at the Chicago Bulls – paid James the ultimate compliment after the 15-time All-Star took down the Warriors in LA midweek.

"I think I've said it before I mean, probably the best athlete to ever walk this planet when you think about his strength, power, speed, durability," Kerr said on Thursday.

"I've never seen anybody in my lifetime in any sport who I would consider a better athlete."

James endured a forgettable debut campaign in Los Angeles, where a groin injury restricted the former Cleveland Cavaliers star to 55 games in 2018-19 as the Lakers missed the playoffs for a sixth successive season.

However, the fit-again 34-year-old is a man on a mission this season, with James averaging 23.9 points, 11.1 assists and 8.0 rebounds through 11 games.

Frank Vogel lauded the "terrific" LeBron James after he set the tone for the Los Angeles Lakers' 120-94 defeat of the injury-hit Golden State Warriors.

Lakers superstar James scored a game-high 23 points and laid on 12 assists at Staples Center on Wednesday.

James starred with Anthony Davis ruled out due to shoulder and rib soreness as the Lakers sealed back-to-back wins after seeing off the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday.

Lakers head coach Vogel was full of praise for the four-time NBA MVP after the Western Conference leaders improved to 9-2.

"Historically he's played really well in the second night of back-to-backs," Vogel said of the 34-year-old forward. "He was terrific early and really the whole night.

"But for him to come in and set the tone for our group, with regards to the importance of this game and how we're going to plan, how we're going to approach it, everybody else followed the lead and really competed.

"We know Golden State is under-manned but you still have to go out and play with energy and perform and LeBron set the tone for our whole team with that."

James took great satisfaction from the Lakers showing their unselfishness by amassing 31 assists on the night and knew he had to step up in the absence of Davis.

"I think we pay attention to detail in our game plan, I think offensively once again had another 30 assists, it's huge for our ball club, everyone involved," James said.

He added: "With AD being out, knowing I had to pick up the load offensively, but I was just trying to set the tone early in the game, see if my shot was going in - and it was. Just trying to be aggressive."

Los Angeles Lakers star Anthony Davis has been ruled out of the NBA clash with the Golden State Warriors.

Davis has been dealing with shoulder and rib soreness, meaning he will sit out Wednesday's game against the Warriors.

Kyle Kuzma will start in place of Davis, who is expected to return for the Lakers (8-2) against the Sacramento Kings on Friday.

Davis had strapping on his right shoulder prior to the start of Tuesday's 123-115 victory over the Phoenix Suns and had tape on his ribs by the end of the match at Talking Stick Resort Arena.

The six-time NBA All-Star played on after a blow to the ribs in the first quarter, before heading to the locker room to get taped up ahead of the final period.

X-rays taken after the game came back negative and Davis was re-evaluated again prior to the midweek showdown with the struggling Warriors (2-9).

Davis has hit the ground running since arriving from the New Orleans Pelicans in a blockbuster trade, averaging 26.3 points, 10.4 rebounds and 3.3 assists with the Lakers this season.

Meanwhile, the Lakers will also be without guard Rajon Rondo due to a mild right calf strain.

The Golden State Warriors have suffered another injury blow after it was confirmed guard Damion Lee has sustained a hand fracture.

Six-time NBA champions the Warriors are without a host of players due to injury, with Steph Curry and Klay Thompson headlining the list of absentees.

While Thompson has been out since tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in June, two-time NBA MVP Curry broke his left hand on October 30 during a defeat to the Phoenix Suns.

Curry is set to undergo surgery, but claimed on Monday he expects to return before the end of the season.

The Warriors, who have appeared in the NBA Finals every year since 2015, have struggled at the start of this campaign, with Monday's defeat to Utah Jazz leaving the team 2-9.

Their 108-122 loss to Utah also brought more bad news, with the Warriors confirming on Tuesday that Lee had suffered a non-displaced fracture of the fourth metacarpal in his right hand. The team added the 27-year-old will be re-evaluated in two weeks.

Stephen Curry "definitely" expects to be ready to play again this season, with the point guard aiming for an early spring return for the Golden State Warriors.

Two-time NBA MVP Curry suffered a broken left hand on October 30 during a defeat to the Phoenix Suns, undergoing surgery to correct the issue.

Golden State plan to re-evaluate the injury in February, although Curry – who has won three titles in his career with the Warriors – is confident of making a comeback, declaring that "the rest of the season is not lost".

"I definitely expect to be ready to play. I don't know when – at some point in early spring," Curry told the media.

"It's just a matter of the rehab process. I've never broken anything and dealt with a hand injury like this, so as you go through all the examinations and that type of stuff, and obviously surgery was required to make sure the hand heals properly, that's a tough, tough blow.

"But [there is an] understanding there is a time frame where we can measure the rehab process, then figure out what the rest of the year looks like.

"I'm excited that, potentially, the rest of the season is not lost."

The 31-year-old confirmed he is likely to undergo further surgery before the end of the year, adding: "As part of the rehab, I have to get a second procedure done, at the beginning of December probably, and remove some of the pins that they put in there."

Without Curry and fellow long-term absentee Klay Thompson, who suffered a torn ACL in his left knee in June, the Warriors have struggled badly at the start of the new campaign.

A home loss to the Utah Jazz on Monday leaves them with a 2-9 record, an unusual situation for a franchise that has appeared in the NBA Finals every year since 2015.

"I love to play basketball," Curry said. "I love having fun. I know Klay does too.

"We're like some caged animals right now, ready to get unleashed back to what we do. Selfishly speaking, it should be fun for both of us, just to play basketball."

The Boston Celtics extended their winning streak after beating the San Antonio Spurs 135-115, while the Golden State Warriors lost to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Boston made it seven successive victories since losing their NBA season opener by topping San Antonio away from home on Saturday.

Jaylen Brown posted 30 points for the Celtics (7-1), who lost star Gordon Hayward to a fracture in his left hand, while Kemba Walker added 26.

The slumping Spurs (5-4) were led by DeMar DeRozan and his 22 points on their home court.

In Oklahoma City, the Thunder trumped the struggling Warriors 114-108 thanks to Danilo Gallinari's 21 points.

D'Angelo Russell and his 30 points were not enough for the Warriors, who dropped to 2-8 for the season in the absence of injured stars Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.

 

Harden inspires Rockets

James Harden put up 42 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists as the Houston Rockets beat the Chicago Bulls 117-94. Harden fell just short of his first triple-double of the season.

Luka Doncic had 24 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists to lead the Dallas Mavericks past the Memphis Grizzlies 138-122. Doncic's performance came through three quarters after being rested for the final period.

 

Pelicans and Hornets combine for sloppy spectacle

The New Orleans Pelicans registered 26 turnovers, while the Charlotte Hornets turned the ball over on 22 occasions. New Orleans came away with a 115-110 win.

 

Harden lights up Chicago

'The Beard' had fun against the lowly Bulls, dishing off this stunning pass to Rockets team-mate Clint Capela.

 

Saturday's results

Boston Celtics 135-115 San Antonio Spurs
New Orleans Pelicans 115-110 Charlotte Hornets
Oklahoma City Thunder 114-108 Golden State Warriors
Houston Rockets 117-94 Chicago Bulls
Dallas Mavericks 138-122 Memphis Grizzlies

 

Raptors at Lakers

Defending champions the Toronto Raptors (6-2) will have their hands full when they face the in-form Los Angeles Lakers (7-1) at Staples Center on Sunday. LeBron James and the Lakers have won seven games on the bounce since losing to the Los Angeles Clippers on Opening Night.

Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr has refuted suggestions star point guard Stephen Curry will miss the rest of the season due to a broken left hand.

Curry suffered the injury on October 30 during a defeat to the Phoenix Suns and, after undergoing surgery, was set to be re-evaluated in February.

However, a report on Friday suggested the Warriors have ruled him out for the remainder of the NBA campaign, partly due to their play-off hopes already looking remote.

Friday's 125-119 overtime loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves left them 2-7 for the season and second-bottom of the Pacific Division.

Kerr, though, says nothing has changed regarding the player's status, telling reporters: "I have no idea where that [report] came from.

"I talked to [general manager] Bob [Myers] and [director of sports medicine and performance] Rick [Celebrini] and nothing has changed on our front. 

"Steph will be re-evaluated in three months, and at that point, we will have an update. The plan is for him to be back on the court playing when he's deemed ready to go by our training staff. So that one was kind of a head-scratcher."

Kerr was adamant that the Warriors' struggles would play no part in their decision.

He added: "No, Steph wants to play. 

"We want to put the best possible product on the floor for our fans. People come from all over to watch Steph Curry play basketball. 

"And he's going to be bored. He's probably already bored. He's dying to play. 

"We were all confused by who the source was, because really, I would be a good source. 

"So I'm telling you now as your source, nothing has changed. Bob and Rick will tell you the same thing."

The Los Angeles Lakers made it seven straight wins in the NBA, while not even a monster performance from D'Angelo Russell could lift the Golden State Warriors to victory.

The Lakers were too strong for the Miami Heat 95-80 on the back of strong displays from LeBron James and Anthony Davis.

James finished with 25 points, six assists and four rebounds, while Davis had 26 points, eight rebounds and seven assists.

The Lakers improved to 7-1 to be top of the Western Conference.

The Warriors again fell short, slipping to 2-7 after a 125-119 overtime loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Russell delivered 52 points, nine rebounds and five assists, but the Warriors were beaten again.

 

Lillard magical for Trail Blazers

Damian Lillard finished with 60 points, but the Portland Trail Blazers suffered a 119-115 loss to the Brooklyn Nets.

Nikola Jokic had a double-double of 26 points and 10 rebounds in the Denver Nuggets' 100-97 win over the Philadelphia 76ers.

Luka Doncic again starred with a triple-double of 38 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists, but the Dallas Mavericks were upset by the New York Knicks 106-102. The 20-year-old became the youngest player in NBA history to record four triple-doubles in the first eight games of a season, according to NBA Stats.

The Toronto Raptors overcame the New Orleans Pelicans 122-104 as Pascal Siakam had 44 points and 10 rebounds.

 

Miserable Memphis

The Memphis Grizzlies were thrashed by the Orlando Magic 118-86 as Dillon Brooks went 0-for-seven for just three points in 22 minutes.

 

Bogdanovic buzzer-beater

Bojan Bogdanovic hit a buzzer-beater to see the Utah Jazz edge the Milwaukee Bucks 103-100.

Friday's results

Indiana Pacers 112-106 Detroit Pistons
Orlando Magic 118-86 Memphis Grizzlies
Cleveland Cavaliers 113-100 Washington Wizards
Sacramento Kings 121-109 Atlanta Hawks
Minnesota Timberwolves 125-119 Golden State Warriors
Toronto Raptors 122-104 New Orleans Pelicans
New York Knicks 106-102 Dallas Mavericks
Denver Nuggets 100-97 Philadelphia 76ers
Utah Jazz 103-100 Milwaukee Bucks
Brooklyn Nets 119-115 Portland Trail Blazers
Los Angeles Lakers 95-80 Miami Heat
 

Celtics at Spurs

The Boston Celtics (6-1) and San Antonio Spurs (5-3) look to continue their fine starts to the season.

James Harden guided the Houston Rockets past the struggling Golden State Warriors, while the Los Angeles Clippers were beaten in the NBA on Wednesday.

Harden scored 36 points and provided 13 assists in the Rockets' 129-112 victory over the Warriors at the Toyota Center.

Houston improved to 5-3 to begin the season, while the injury-hit Warriors slipped to 2-6.

Meanwhile, Kawhi Leonard was rested as the Clippers were handed a 129-124 loss by the Milwaukee Bucks.

Giannis Antetokounmpo (38 points and 16 rebounds) led the way as the Bucks claimed their sixth win in eight games, while the Clippers are 5-3.

 

Super Siakam, delightful Doncic

Pascal Siakam had a double-double of 23 points and 13 rebounds to lift the Toronto Raptors to a 124-120 win over the Sacramento Kings.

Luka Doncic continued his impressive start to the season, his 27-point haul seeing the Dallas Mavericks edge the Orlando Magic 107-106.

The Detroit Pistons breezed past the struggling New York Knicks 122-102 thanks to 27 points and 12 rebounds from Andre Drummond.

 

Reddish struggles

The 10th pick in the NBA Draft, Cam Reddish struggled for the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday. The 20-year-old went one-for-eight for five points in 23 minutes of a 113-93 loss to the Chicago Bulls.

 

Harden, Capela combine

Harden and Clint Capela combined for a nice play during the Rockets' big win.

Wednesday's results

Detroit Pistons 122-102 New York Knicks
Indiana Pacers 121-106 Washington Wizards
Chicago Bulls 113-93 Atlanta Hawks
Toronto Raptors 124-120 Sacramento Kings
Houston Rockets 129-112 Golden State Warriors
Memphis Grizzlies 137-121 Minnesota Timberwolves
Dallas Mavericks 107-106 Orlando Magic
Utah Jazz 106-104 Philadelphia 76ers
Milwaukee Bucks 129-124 Los Angeles Clippers

 

Trail Blazers at Clippers

The Clippers (5-3) get a chance to bounce back when they take on the Portland Trail Blazers (3-4) at the Staples Center.

Devin Booker inspired the Phoenix Suns as the Philadelphia 76ers suffered their first defeat of the NBA season, while the injury-ravaged Golden State Warriors prevailed.

Booker scored 40 points to lead the Suns past the previously undefeated 76ers 114-109 in Phoenix on Monday.

Ricky Rubio chipped in with 21 points and 10 assists for the Suns (5-2), who are on a three-game winning streak.

The 76ers (5-1) – playing without suspended star Joel Embiid – were led by Al Horford's 32 points on the road.

Meanwhile, the Warriors claimed just their second victory of the season after upstaging the Portland Trail Blazers 127-118.

Without injured stars Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and D'Angelo Russell, the Warriors improved to 2-5 thanks to 36 points and 13 rebounds from rookie Eric Paschall.

Damian Lillard's 39 points and a double-double from Hassan Whiteside (22 points, 11 rebounds) were not enough for the visiting Trail Blazers in San Francisco.

 

Giannis ignites Bucks as Irving and Harden star

Giannis Antetokounmpo posted 34 points and 15 rebounds to lead the Milwaukee Bucks past the Minnesota Timberwolves 134-106. The reigning MVP has recorded a double-double in all seven games this season.

Kyrie Irving put up 39 points and nine assists as the Brooklyn Nets withstood Brandon Ingram's career-high 40 points for a 135-125 victory against the New Orleans Pelicans.

The Houston Rockets topped the Memphis Grizzlies 107-100 behind James Harden's 44 points in the absence of rested star Russell Westbrook.

 

Simmons silenced

It was a quiet night for Ben Simmons, who was limited to just six points on two-of-eight shooting from the floor against the Suns.

 

Giannis with the coast-to-coast slam!

There was just no stopping 'The Greek Freak' against the Timberwolves in Minnesota.

 

Monday's results

Washington Wizards 115-99 Detroit Pistons
Brooklyn Nets 135-125 New Orleans Pelicans
Houston Rockets 107-100 Memphis Grizzlies
Milwaukee Bucks 134-106 Minnesota Timberwolves
Phoenix Suns 114-109 Philadelphia 76ers
Golden State Warriors 127-118 Portland Trail Blazers

 

Lakers at Bulls

LeBron James and his in-form Los Angeles Lakers will look to extend their winning streak to six games when they visit the struggling Chicago Bulls on Tuesday.

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